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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651288/development-of-a-high-performance-liquid-chromatographic-method-for-asiaticoside-quantification-in-different-skin-layers-after-topical-application-of-a-centella-asiatica-extract
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Priscila Bianca Rodrigues da Rocha, Bruno Dos Santos Souza, Lígia Marquez Andrade, Ricardo Neves Marreto, Eliana Martins Lima, Stephânia Fleury Taveira
The topical application of Centella asiatica extract has been commonly used for many different purposes but especially for cosmetic use in the treatment of gynoid lipodystrophy. Asiaticoside, the most active component in this extract, is responsible for its therapeutic activities. However, little is known to date about asiaticoside skin penetration. Thus, an analytical method for asiaticoside quantification in different skin layers after the topical application of C. asiatica extract was developed and skin permeation studies were performed with the plant extract to apply the analytical method developed...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651209/removal-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-by-ammonia-oxidizing-bacteria-acclimated-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-contributions-of-cometabolism-and-endogenous-respiration
#2
Junwon Park, Naoyuki Yamashita, Guangxue Wu, Hiroaki Tanaka
We carried out batch experiments using biomass from a membrane bioreactor (MBR) to study the influence of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) on the removal of 45 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Kinetic parameters such as biodegradation constants and adsorption coefficients with and without AOB inhibition were estimated. No significant differences in adsorption tendency were found, but the biodegradability of most compounds was enhanced when ammonia was completely oxidized, indicating that AOB present in MBR played a critical role in eliminating the PPCPs...
June 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651197/ascorbic-acid-protects-coccomyxa-subellipsoidea-against-metal-toxicity-through-modulation-of-ros-no-balance-and-metal-uptake
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Jozef Kováčik, Gabriela Rotková, Marek Bujdoš, Petr Babula, Viera Peterková, Peter Matúš
Impact of exogenous ascorbic acid (AsA, 100μM) on acute metal toxicity (Pb and Hg, 24h of exposure to 100μM) in unicellular green alga Coccomyxa subellipsoidea was studied. Hg (often extensively) depleted amount of pigments, potassium, soluble proteins, endogenous AsA, non-protein thiols and nitric oxide signal but elevated ROS signal and activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase. Responses to Pb application (if any) were less visible with ROS signal being slightly elevated and amount of non-protein thiols being slightly reduced...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651004/a-human-endogenous-retrovirus-derived-gene-that-can-contribute-to-oncogenesis-by-activating-the-erk-pathway-and-inducing-migration-and-invasion
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Cécile Lemaître, Jhen Tsang, Caroline Bireau, Thierry Heidmann, Marie Dewannieux
Endogenous retroviruses are cellular genes of retroviral origin captured by their host during the course of evolution and represent around 8% of the human genome. Although most are defective and transcriptionally silenced, some are still able to generate retroviral-like particles and proteins. Among these, the HERV-K(HML2) family is remarkable since its members have amplified relatively recently and many of them still have full length coding genes. Furthermore, they are induced in cancers, especially in melanoma, breast cancer and germ cell tumours, where viral particles, as well as the envelope protein (Env), can be detected...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650926/hypercapnia-induced-amelioration-of-the-intestinal-microvascular-oxygenation-in-sepsis-is-independent-of-the-endogenous-sympathetic-nervous-system
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Jan Schulz, Sabrina Schöneborn, Christian Vollmer, Richard Truse, Anna Herminghaus, Inge Bauer, Christopher Beck, Olaf Picker
INTRODUCTION: Insufficient microvascular oxygenation (μHBO2) of the intestinal mucosa worsens outcome of septic patients. Hypercapnia ameliorates μHBO2, mediated via endogenous vasopressin release. Under physiological conditions, blockade of the endogenous sympathetic nervous system abolishes this protective effect of hypercapnia. The aim of our study was therefore to evaluate the role of the endogenous sympathetic nervous system during hypercapnia on intestinal μHBO2 under septic conditions...
June 23, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650656/cytotoxic-and-mutagenic-properties-of-c3-epimeric-lesions-of-2-deoxyribonucleosides-in-escherichia-coli-cells
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Pengcheng Wang, Nicholas J Amato, Yinsheng Wang
Reactive oxygen species (ROS), resulting from endogenous metabolism and/or environmental exposure, can induce damage to the 2-deoxyribose moiety in DNA. Specifically, a hydrogen atom from each of the five carbon atoms in 2-deoxyribose can be abstracted by hydroxyl radical, and improper chemical repair of the ensuing radicals formed at the C1', C3', and C4' positions can lead to the stereochemical inversion at these carbons to yield epimeric 2-deoxyribose lesions. Although single-nucleobase lesions induced by ROS have been well characterized, few studies have been conducted to examine the biological consequences of the C3'-epimeric lesions of 2'-deoxynucleosides, i...
June 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650613/glucose-oxidase-polymer-nanogels-for-synergistic-cancer-starving-and-oxidation-therapy
#7
Wenguo Zhao, Jin Hu, Weiping Gao
Glucose oxidase (GOX) can convert glucose into gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is potentially useful for synergistic cancer starving and oxidation therapy. Herein we demonstrate a glucose-responsive nanomedicine of GOX-polymer nanogels to regulate H2O2 production for synergistic melanoma starving and oxidation therapy. GOX-polymer nanogels showed glucose-responsive H2O2-generating activity in vitro, improved stability, and considerably enhanced tumor retention as compared to native GOX. More importantly, they exhibited high anti-melanoma efficacy and no obvious systemic toxicity, whereas native GOX was ineffective and systemically toxic at the same dose...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650433/the-evening-complex-coordinates-environmental-and-endogenous-signals-in-arabidopsis
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Daphne Ezer, Jae-Hoon Jung, Hui Lan, Surojit Biswas, Laura Gregoire, Mathew S Box, Varodom Charoensawan, Sandra Cortijo, Xuelei Lai, Dorothee Stöckle, Chloe Zubieta, Katja E Jaeger, Philip A Wigge
Plants maximize their fitness by adjusting their growth and development in response to signals such as light and temperature. The circadian clock provides a mechanism for plants to anticipate events such as sunrise and adjust their transcriptional programmes. However, the underlying mechanisms by which plants coordinate environmental signals with endogenous pathways are not fully understood. Using RNA-sequencing and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing experiments, we show that the evening complex (EC) of the circadian clock plays a major role in directly coordinating the expression of hundreds of key regulators of photosynthesis, the circadian clock, phytohormone signalling, growth and response to the environment...
June 26, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650431/illuminating-vital-surface-molecules-of-symbionts-in-health-and-disease
#9
Jason E Hudak, David Alvarez, Ashwin Skelly, Ulrich H von Andrian, Dennis L Kasper
The immunomodulatory surface molecules of commensal and pathogenic bacteria are critical to microorganisms' survival and the host's response(1,2). Recent studies have highlighted the unique and important responses elicited by commensal-derived surface macromolecules(3-5). However, the technology available to track these molecules in host cells and tissues remains primitive. We report, here, an interdisciplinary approach that uses metabolic labelling combined with bioorthogonal click chemistry (that is, reactions performed in living organisms)(6) to specifically tag up to three prominent surface immunomodulatory macromolecules-peptidoglycan, lipopolysaccharide and capsular polysaccharide-either simultaneously or individually in live anaerobic commensal bacteria...
June 26, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650348/an-update-on-type-2-diabetes-management-in-primary-care
#10
Jeffrey Waddell
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease impacting glucose metabolism. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) stems from the inability of the body to utilize endogenous insulin properly. Approximately 90% to 95% of newly diagnosed cases of diabetes are T2DM. This article focuses on the initial treatment of T2DM based on the 2017 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology clinical practice guidelines. The 2017 update includes changes and additions regarding psychosocial management, physical activity, surgery, and hypoglycemia...
June 22, 2017: Nurse Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650344/the-relationship-between-cardiac-endothelium-and-fibroblasts-it-s-complicated
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Ravi Karra, Agoston O Walter, Sean M Wu
Coronary revascularization is an effective means of treating ischemic heart disease; however, current therapeutic revascularization strategies are limited to large caliber vessels. Because the mammalian heart scars following cardiac injury, recent work showing that cardiac fibroblasts can transdifferentiate into new coronary endothelium raises a new and exciting approach to promoting endogenous revascularization following cardiac injury. In this issue of the JCI, He et al. report on their employment of a battery of lineage-tracing tools to address the developmental origins of fibroblasts that give rise to new endothelial cells...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650102/endocrine-influence-on-neuroinflammation-the-use-of-reporter-systems
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REVIEW
Nicoletta Rizzi, Alessandro Villa, Valeria Benedusi, Electra Brunialti, Nicoletta Cesari, Paolo Ciana, Adriana Maggi
Most of the ageing-associated pathologies are coupled with a strong inflammatory component that accelerates the progress of the physio-pathological functional decline related to ageing. The currently available pharmacological tools for the control of neuroinflammation present several side effects which restrict their application, particularly in chronic disorders. The discovery of the potential anti-inflammatory action exerted by endogenous estrogens and that activation of ERα results in a significant decrease of inflammation at the cellular level and in models of inflammatory diseases, prompted us to embark in a series of studies aimed at the generation of reporter systems allowing to i...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650095/sex-differences-in-brain-mitochondrial-metabolism-influence-of-endogenous-steroids-and-stroke
#13
REVIEW
P Gaignard, M Fréchou, P Liere, P Thérond, M Schumacher, A Slama, R Guennoun
Steroids are neuroprotective and growing body of evidence indicates that mitochondria are a potential target of their effects. The mitochondria are the site of cellular energy synthesis, regulate oxidative stress and play a key role in cell death after brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases. After a summary of the literature on the general functions of mitochondria and the effects of sex steroid administrations on mitochondrial metabolism, we will summarize and discuss our recent findings concerning sex differences in brain mitochondrial function in physiological and pathological conditions...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649992/a-key-role-for-neurotensin-in-chronic-stress-induced-anxiety-like-behaviour-in-rats
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Catherine P Normandeau, Ana Paula Ventura Silva, Emily R Hawken, Staci Angelis, Calvin Sjaarda, Xudong Liu, José Miguel Pêgo, Éric C Dumont
Chronic stress is a major cause of anxiety disorders that can be reliably modeled pre-clinically, providing insight into alternative therapeutic targets for this mental health illness. Neuropeptides have been targeted in the past to no avail possibly due to our lack of understanding of their role in pathological models. In this study we use a rat model of chronic stress-induced anxiety-like behaviours and hypothesized that neuropeptidergic modulation of synaptic transmission would be altered in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis (BNST), a brain region suspected to contribute to anxiety disorders...
June 26, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649672/oxytocin-and-stress-related-disorders-neurobiological-mechanisms-and-treatment-opportunities
#15
Lauren M Sippel, Casey E Allington, Robert H Pietrzak, Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, Linda C Mayes, Miranda Olff
Novel pharmacotherapies that improve outcomes for individuals with stress-related psychiatric disorders are needed. The neurohormone oxytocin (OT) is a promising candidate given its influence on the social-emotional brain. In this review, we present an overview of evidence supporting OT's utility for treating major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. We first discuss endogenous OT, which research suggests is not yet a reliable biomarker of stress-related disorders. Second, we review effects of intranasal (IN) OT on processes relevant to stress-related disorders in healthy populations (anhedonia, reward processing, psychosocial stress reactivity, fear/anxiety, and social behavior) and their neurobiological mechanisms (e...
February 2017: Chronic stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649656/lgr5-is-a-marker-for-fetal-mammary-stem-cells-but-is-not-essential-for-stem-cell-activity-or-tumorigenesis
#16
Christy L Trejo, Gidsela Luna, Christopher Dravis, Benjamin T Spike, Geoffrey M Wahl
The search for the bipotent mammary stem cells that drive mammary development requires markers to enable their prospective isolation. There is general agreement that bipotent mouse mammary stem cells are abundant in late fetal development, but their existence in the adult is vigorously debated. Among markers useful for mammary stem cell identification, the Wnt co-receptor Lgr5 has been suggested by some to be both "necessary and sufficient" for bipotency and transplantation of adult mammary stem cell activity, though other studies disagree...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649423/ubiquitous-overexpression-of-the-dna-repair-factor-dprp19-reduces-dna-damage-and-extends-drosophila-life-span
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Kathrin Garschall, Hanna Dellago, Martina Gáliková, Markus Schosserer, Thomas Flatt, Johannes Grillari
Mechanisms that ensure and maintain the stability of genetic information are fundamentally important for organismal function and can have a large impact on disease, aging, and life span. While a multi-layered cellular apparatus exists to detect and respond to DNA damage, various insults from environmental and endogenous sources continuously affect DNA integrity. Over time this can lead to the accumulation of somatic mutations, which is thought to be one of the major causes of aging. We have previously found that overexpression of the essential human DNA repair and splicing factor SNEV, also called PRP19 or hPso4, extends replicative life span of cultured human endothelial cells and impedes accumulation of DNA damage...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649367/nitric-oxide-signalling-and-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-the-heart-under-stress
#18
REVIEW
Yin Hua Zhang
Nitric oxide (NO) is an imperative regulator of the cardiovascular system and is a critical mechanism in preventing the pathogenesis and progression of the diseased heart. The scenario of bioavailable NO in the myocardium is complex: 1) NO is derived from both endogenous NO synthases (endothelial, neuronal, and/or inducible NOSs [eNOS, nNOS, and/or iNOS]) and exogenous sources (entero-salivary NO pathway) and the amount of NO from exogenous sources varies significantly; 2) NOSs are located at discrete compartments of cardiac myocytes and are regulated by distinctive mechanisms under stress; 3) NO regulates diverse target proteins through different modes of post-transcriptional modification (soluble guanylate cyclase [sGC]/cyclic guanosine monophosphate [cGMP]/protein kinase G [PKG]-dependent phosphorylation, S-nitrosylation, and transnitrosylation); 4) the downstream effectors of NO are multidimensional and vary from ion channels in the plasma membrane to signalling proteins and enzymes in the mitochondria, cytosol, nucleus, and myofilament; 5) NOS produces several radicals in addition to NO (e...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649223/pretreatment-with-sodium-phenylbutyrate-alleviates-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-upregulating-dj-1-protein
#19
Rui-Xin Yang, Jie Lei, Bo-Dong Wang, Da-Yun Feng, Lu Huang, Yu-Qian Li, Tao Li, Gang Zhu, Chen Li, Fang-Fang Lu, Tie-Jian Nie, Guo-Dong Gao, Li Gao
Oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction play critical roles in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. DJ-1 is an endogenous antioxidant that attenuates oxidative stress and maintains mitochondrial function, likely acting as a protector of I/R injury. In the present study, we explored the protective effect of a possible DJ-1 agonist, sodium phenylbutyrate (SPB), against I/R injury by protecting mitochondrial dysfunction via the upregulation of DJ-1 protein. Pretreatment with SPB upregulated the DJ-1 protein level and rescued the I/R injury-induced DJ-1 decrease about 50% both in vivo and in vitro...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649192/deleterious-effects-of-chronic-folate-deficiency-in-the-ts65dn-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome
#20
Susan Helm, Morgan Blayney, Taylor Whited, Mahjabin Noroozi, Sen Lin, Semira Kern, David Green, Ahmad Salehi
Folate is an important B vitamin naturally found in the human diet and plays a critical role in methylation of nucleic acids. Indeed, abnormalities in this major epigenetic mechanism play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of cognitive deficit and intellectual disability in humans. The most common cause of cognitive dysfunction in children is Down syndrome (DS). Since folate deficiency is very common among the pediatric population, we questioned whether chronic folate deficiency (CFD) exacerbates cognitive dysfunction in a mouse model of DS...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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